My least favorite day

I love Christmas, but recently I heard a pastor say something that saddened me:

“The only thing I love as much as Christmas is the day after Christmas.”

I didn’t quite know what to say to that because I knew what they meant; they were looking forward to Christmas being over ūüė¶

Christmas is indeed busy. ¬†There’s lot’s of extra things to do on top of what we already need to do. ¬†Yesterday morning, for example, I thought I had the Christmas Eve service all planned last week. ¬†I gave the musicians the bulletin outline so they could practice the music, but then my secretary pointed out a mistake I made ~ I put a carol in there twice. ¬†So I had to make some changes and contact the musicians. ¬†And this is all while I am trying to get my newsletter article done, do sermon prep, make a delivery to the nursing home and run a couple other errands. ¬†And then the phone was ringing and I had to try very hard to be patient with people (because it is not their fault that everything was piling up on me).

Christmas can cause a lot of headaches and stress and sleepless night for a pastor but you know something…

I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

For me Christmas is a golden opportunity to preach the Gospel to people who normally don’t come to worship. ¬†It’s my chance to slap people across the face with the Good News of the Christ-child being born for all people. ¬†It’s the perfect time to tell people that Christmas is not a secular holiday but rather a celebration of perfect love coming down to us. ¬†As one of my 4th grade girls said in release time just recently:

“If Jesus wasn’t born then he wouldn’t have died on the cross for our sins and therefore we wouldn’t go to heaven.”

Amen! ¬†That’s the Good News of Christmas.

Next to Easter, Christmas is my favorite day of the year and my least favorite day is the day after Christmas because it means I have 364 days to wait to do this again.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”¬†(Luke 2:11)

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

The pastor -|—